Locks and Lakes

Locks and Lakes

Distance 4 Miles
Terrain Surfaced pathway including a section of towpath and one bridge with a steep incline.
Starting Point Fishers Green Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey EN9 2ED
Quick guide Two star walking routeOne star running routeNot suitable for cyclingNot suitable for wheelchair accessRefreshments availble on routeToilets availble on routeDog friendly route
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  • From the car park cross over the road and go through the staggered wooden gates, follow the pathway pass the picnic benches and cross the Flood Relief Channel via the green bridge.
  • Turn immediately left and follow this pathway keeping Seventy Acres Lake on your right and the Flood Relief Channel on your left.
  • Proceed through the walk round gates into the car park, walk diagonally across the car park exiting alongside the metal field gate onto Waltons Walk, heading in a southerly direction, keeping the Flood Relief Channel on the left.
  • Continue past Hooks Marsh Lake and Hall Marsh Scrape on your right.
  • Pass Waltham Abbey Town Lock and continue to end of Waltons Walk. (The Royal Gunpowder Mills and Waltham Abbey Town and Gardens are a short detour from the route - at Waltham Abbey Town Lock, turn left onto the roadside pavement, passing Royal Gunpowder Mills on the left. Proceed over the zebra crossing and turn left towards Waltham Abbey Town and Gardens)
  • Turn right along the pavement and right down the slope onto the towpath.
  • Continue north alongside the River Lee Navigation.
  • Continue north along the towpath under the bridge, passing Waltham Common Lock and continuing towards Cheshunt, passing alongside Pindar Car Park.
  • Continue along the towpath passing Cheshunt Lake on your left.
  • At the north end of Cheshunt Lake (The North Metropolitan Orchid Meadow is a short detour from the route – turn left after the bridge and then right, along the pathway parallel to the towpath. Turn left through the kissing gate and onto the boardwalk into the Orchid Meadow), proceed under the bridge and turn immediately left, bearing round and up over the bridge, crossing the River Lee Navigation.
  • Exit the bridge and continue ahead, keeping to the right pathway in an easterly direction, crossing the green bridge between Seventy Acres Lake and Hooks Marsh Lake.
  • Proceed through the bollards into the car park, exiting through the walk around gate on the left right hand side.
  • Follow this pathway heading north keeping Seventy Acres Lake on your left and the Flood Relief Channel on your right.
  • On reaching the green bridge, turn right crossing the Flood Relief Channel, follow this pathway to the car park through the staggered wooden gates.


  • Pindar car park – 1 minute from route
  • Waltham Abbey town, opposite Abbey Church – 5 minutes from route


  • Lee Valley Youth Hostel - 2 minutes walk from route
  • Waltham Abbey town, opposite Abbey Church – 5 minutes from route
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